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Disposable Brides

In 2017, the Global Estimates of Slavery included 15.4 million people in forced marriages. We are rigorously exploring the nature, extent, reality, and consequences of forced marriage, drawing up precise definitions of when ‘forced marriages’ should be seen as forms of slavery, gathering detailed information regarding forced marriage around the world, learning from survivors of forced marriage, and building concrete proposals for policy partners seeking to aid freedom from forced marriage as part of the global goal to end modern slavery by 2030.


Emily Brady

A Research Associate with the Right’s Lab’s Antislavery Usable Past Project, focussing on usable photographic images in both activism and education. Crucially, I scope the photographic culture of contemporary antislavery.

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Charlotte James

A research associate for the Rights Lab’s Antislavery Usable Project, exploring the use of visual culture in the modern abolition movement. My focus is on murals and I am creating a database of modern antislavery murals across a variety of topics from around the world.

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Naomi Lott

Naomi's research focuses on the child's right to play and its implementation and incorporation within the national context.

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Elena Abrusci

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Ibtisam Ahmed

Political utopianism looks at the engagement with contemporary socio-political debates in order to come up with solutions and changes in the pursuit of a new way of life. The British Empire, with its ideological focus of the “good life” and the “civilising project”, can arguably be called a conscious attempt at utopia. In this thesis, I examine the ways in which the British Raj influenced language, culture, wealth, technology, gender and sexuality, and religion using critical utopian theory, queer theory, and postcolonialism in attempt to rethink the mainstream narratives of Empire and its legacies.


Olivia Wright

My thesis examines the unacknowledged and under researched world of women’s prisons zines in the United States. Having begun to establish the genre in my masters dissertation, my PhD traces women’s prison zines back to the 1930s with the first known publication The Eagle and will discuss how this literary tradition grew through the latter half of the twentieth century and how it continues to have a presence in 21st century mass incarceration. Prison zines are short collections of art and literature produced by inmates that circulate both within the primary prison where they are produced, and amongst other penal facilities in America with some even reaching the general public. The zines cover a broad range of topics including many outside of the criminal justice system such as race, motherhood, physical and sexual abuse, addiction and education. This cacophony of voices adds immeasurable detail to the tradition of women’s prison writing, beyond the popular autobiographies of Assata Shakur and Angela Davis who dominate scholarly debate about female incarceration, and beyond the statistics and stereotypes that pervade popular perceptions of female prisoners.